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Library hosting free concert Tuesday
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The library will be stirring with sound Tuesday morning when the melodies of a nationally renowned stringed quintet perform and provide a hands-on, up-close musical experience.
After the 45-minute show, Savannah's Music Alive! will let children try playing the stringed instruments, showing them correct technique.
Music Alive! president Joseph Conyers said while the performance would be enjoyed by all ages, the classical music crash course focuses on ages 7 to 15.
"We teach the kids some fundamentals about the instruments," Conyers explained. "What they are, what sounds they the can make, different types of music."
Mixing performance with jokes, the musicians will set a light atmosphere to capture the attention of younger audience.
"It's really exciting," he said. "It's an engaging sound to hear a string quartet live, which a lot of kids may not have ever heard before."
The event would also be an encouragement for youth in a school band or already involved in music, according to Conyers.
They would be able to ask questions and hear about where a music career can take them, speaking with accomplished Harvard and Julliard graduates.
"We're a wealth of information," he said. "We want to be really accessible to kids."
He described becoming a serious music artist as a "process that starts with interest, igniting that spark then having the kid go forward."
"At the end of the day, they aren't going to be interested unless it is presented to them," Conyers said.
He knows how far an interest in music can take children. Though he plays double bass in the quintet, Conyers started playing the piano at age 5.
"Music has a lot of different fantastic benefits outside of just enjoying it," he said.
Conyers knows young children will not have the discipline for the art at first, but, through practice, can develop a talent and dedication to their musicianship.
"It's exactly like playing a sport, you just don't sweat as much," he said.
He assures that parents will know if they should invest in further training their child's interest in music.
"Let the child be the guide," Conyers urged. "If the kid is excited and the kid keeps talking about it, then feed it. Don't let it die."
"It's that initial enthusiasm that might be the beginning of the next Yo-Yo Ma."
Conyers further explained that the goal was to engage children in the music, which would be "impossible," in a bigger place, like the Johnny Mercer theatre.    
"Chamber music is really a sentiment thing so it's better when the venues are smaller," he said. "And the library is just a great public meeting ground and we thought it would be the perfect combination."
Music Alive! took root in Savannah in 2005 with the initiative to bring classical music back to the city when the Savannah Symphony folded a couple years earlier.
He explained how the players were not only instrumental in helping up and coming performers, but also attracted the attention of other acclaimed musical greats.
"When the symphony was here, Midori came to Savannah. Yo-Yo Ma came to Savannah," he said.
As a rising musician during the time of the Savannah Symphony, Conyers called its existence a "constant encouragement."
"What we want to try to do is get some of that excitement back and the only way that is going to occur is if we go
Music Alive! visited 14 communities on its tour last year, where many of the places did not have a sense for classical music.
Savannah Friends of Music is the main sponsor for the Live Oak libraries music tour events.
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